February 27, 2018
Message to Minister Nazri Aziz: Don’t Talk Crude
Pondan? Ayam? What has become of this country?
By TK Chua
I wonder what has become of this country.
If I label someone as a “pondan”, an “ayam”, and a person “without testicles”, maybe it is okay. After all, I am a nobody. Whatever I rant about will probably not carry much weight or gather much attention.
Pondan? LGBT? That is crude, Minister Nazri Aziz
However, when a senior minister says the same thing, the implications and consequences can be very different. Ministers are expected to “talk tough” when a situation warrants it, but we certainly don’t expect them to “talk crude”. Talking crudely reflects one’s broken character.
There will be implications and consequences when characterisations of others are made thoughtlessly and offensively. Whether we realise it or not, Malaysia is a very “internationalised” country. We are not North Korea or Burundi. As a citizen, I am entitled to protect the good name of Malaysia.
Apparently, the minister was very angry with Robert Kuok for allegedly funding and supporting DAP, hence the unflattering words used against him. But was this anger based on established facts?
Was the minister genuinely angry with the facts or was he pretending to be angry based on “orchestrated” truth? Why is the whole country agitated just because a blogger based in Manchester decided to say something which has not been proven?
Even if Malaysia Today was reporting the truth, was labelling Kuok a “pondan”, “ayam” and “without testicles” justified? Was it proper for the minister to ask Kuok to surrender his citizenship? Since when does supporting an opposition party in a democratic society deserve such characterisations and threats?
You’re rude, very rude, Lee Kim Yew (pic right) tells Nazri Aziz
Even if Kuok had benefited from BN’s policy, can he change his position or affiliation? (I am just asking a question; I have no idea whether he has any position or whether he has changed his position.) The minister was an ardent supporter of Anwar Ibrahim and Dr Mahathir Mohamad at one time. Has anyone said anything on his position today? So why can’t others have their own preferences over the course of time?
Maybe I have double standards. I expect ministers to talk sense and to uphold higher ethical standards.
TK Chua is an FMT reader.
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.